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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Partnerships for Early Diversion

Deadline: March 5, 2018

The Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Partnerships for Early Diversion (Early Diversion Grants) work to establish or expand programs that divert adults with a serious mental illness (SMI) or a co-occurring disorder (COD) from the criminal justice system to community-based services prior to arrest and booking. Special consideration will be given to applicants proposing to use grant funding to support early diversion services for veterans.
Early Diversion Grant funds must be used to support the following direct services:

  • Convene an interagency “Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Partnership” group. At a minimum, the required partners must be the criminal justice system and mental health and substance use treatment and recovery systems. Examples of additional key stakeholders could include consumers and their families, social welfare agencies, and the judiciary and corrections system.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive plan of evidence-based practices, strategies, and services using a multi-agency approach that addresses the following three stages of early diversion of an individual with SMI or COD prior to arrest or booking: 1) Encounter is law enforcement’s process for identifying potential individuals for diversion and direct transfer/warm hand off to behavioral health care providers; 2) Enable are the protocols to be followed to enable law enforcement to conduct the transfer/warm hand off, including how and when the individual will be assessed for a SMI and COD; and 3) Engage is the identification and subsequent provision of community-based mental health treatment and recovery support services that are based on best known practices and current research findings.
  • Integrate the early diversion program into an existing system of care.

Early Diversion Grant funds may also be used to support one or more of the following activities:

  • Train professionals involved in the system of care, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and judges to improve the desired outcomes of the program
  • Develop and provide community outreach and crisis intervention
  • Expand community-based mental health and co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder services to accommodate the diversion program

Amount: A total of $2,751,000 is available to fund up to 8 awards ranging up to $330,000 per year for up to five years. A cost share (cash or in-kind) of at least 25 percent is required in each annual budget period.

Eligibility: States and territories; political sub-divisions of states (e.g., counties, cities, towns, villages); and federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations. The application must be submitted by the chief executive of the state, political sub-division of a state, Indian tribe, or tribal organization, or his/her designee.

Additionally, applicants must meet three additional requirements related to the provision of services:

  • A provider organization for direct client mental health services appropriate to the grant must be involved in the proposed project. The provider may be the applicant or another organization committed to the project. More than one provider organization may be involved.
  • Each mental health/substance use treatment provider organization must have at least two years of experience as of the due date of the application in providing relevant services.
  • Each mental health/substance use treatment provider organization must comply with all applicable local (city, county) and state licensing, accreditation, and certification requirements as of the due date of the application.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298771

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